How Can I Stop My Menstrual Cramps?

Over half of all menstruating women experience painful period cramps, and about 15% describe them severe and debilitating.  Menstrual cramps, also known as period pains or dysmenorrhea, are painful sensations in the lower abdomen that happen both before and during a woman’s menstrual period. There are a number of factors which under-pin how severe menstrual cramps can become and many women resort to using strong pain killers, which may result in unwanted side effects.

Research shows there is an important natural mineral which has been shown to significantly reduce painful menstruation – Magnesium.

Magnesium for Menstrual Cramps

Magnesium supplementation has long been used by  healthcare practitioners as a natural way to alleviate menstrual cramps. Like-wise, research studies show Magnesium has a beneficial effect on back pain and lower abdominal pain during menstruation and in one study, even showed that Magnesium could reduce dysmenorrhoea-related work absences.

Another observational clinical study involving 64 women supplemented with Magnesium (providing 600mg Magnesium per day) for 6 weeks, showed a significant reduction in dysmenorrhoea symptoms such as pain, cramps, and menstrual migraine.

Menstrual Cramp Study

MagnesiumCramp StudyThis and many other studies provide a compelling argument for making sure we have optimal Magnesium levels. It may be important to check your Magnesium levels if you experience menstrual cramps. To find out more, take the Magnesium Minute Survey.

If you think you might be low in Magnesium, it’s best to choose a clinically proven and highly bioavailable therapeutic Magnesium supplement, which will quickly boost your Magnesium and restore optimum energy levels.

Your healthcare professional can advise you of possible dietary and lifestyle changes in addition to Magnesium supplementation, which can help stop or reduce your menstrual cramps.

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